What you need to know
- TikTok has been temporarily banned for young users in Italy.
- It follows the tragic death of a young girl trying to take part in a 'blackout challenge'.
TikTok has been temporarily banned in Italy following the death of a young girl.
A 10-year-old girl was found unconscious and declared dead in a Palermo hospital, after asphyxiating herself trying to take part in a 'blackout challenge'. From ANSA
Following the incident, The Guardian reports that TikTok is assisting prosecutors with an investigation into the death and that the app has temporarily been blocked in the country:
According to the girl's parents, they had no idea she was trying to take part in "the blackout game", and that they only knew she used TikTok for dances and to look at videos. The death has prompted an outcry in Italy for greater regulation of social media platforms.
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